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Career prospects

Careers with a Law degree

As well as becoming a barrister or solicitor, there are many career routes you can go down if you have a Law degree. We guide you through some of the different options.

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CONTENTS

  1. What can you do with a Law degree?

  2. Career options

  3. Who employs Law graduates?

What can you do with a Law degree?

Study for a degree in Law, and you’ll be equipped with an extensive set of skills that prepare you for a career in the legal system. You could find work in a practice that oversees family law, business law or criminal law, for instance.

To practice law professionally, you’ll need specific qualifications and vocational training. See our guides on:

Alternatively, your skills can also apply to a wide range of other careers. For example, your legal knowledge could be used for supporting the government or a large company as part of an in-house legal team. Or, your analytical skills could be helpful for work such as within the media, the welfare sector or data science.

Career options

Law graduates go into careers like:

  • Advocate
  • Arbitrator
  • Barrister
  • Barrister’s clerk
  • Chartered legal executive
  • Company secretary
  • Conveyancer
  • Costs lawyer
  • Legal cashier
  • Paralegal
  • Patent attorney
  • Solicitor
  • Usher

Other potential opportunities include:

  • Accountant
  • Civil servant
  • Charity worker
  • Data analyst
  • Detective
  • HR manager
  • Immigration officer
  • Lecturer or teacher
  • Police officer
  • Risk analyst

Who employs Law graduates?

Many barristers are self-employed and work as tenants in sets of chambers.

Examples of employers looking for graduates with legal skills:

  • Government Legal Service
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Armed Forces
  • Law firms like Allen and Overy or Clifford Chance
  • National Centre for Domestic Violence
  • Deloitte
  • HSBC Bank
  • Citizens Advice

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